Pat Curran will return to the cage on April 4 to defend his Bellator featherweight championship against Daniel Straus at Bellator 95.

Promotion officials announced the booking Wednesday, also confirming that former welterweight champion Lyman Good will compete against Dante Rivera and UFC veteran Tom DeBlass will face Carlos Brooks. A women’s bout between Jessica Eye and Munah Holland will also go down at the event, which takes place at Revel in Atlantic City, N.J., and airs live on Spike TV.

Curran’s April 4 meeting with Straus marks the second time the men will oppose each other in the cage. The featherweights first met in 2009 in the Illinois-based Xtreme Fighting Organization, with Curran collecting a second-round knockout.

Curran, 25, joined Bellator the following year and won the Season 2 lightweight tournament before coming up short against then-champion Eddie Alvarez. The setback prompted Curran to cut to 145 pounds, where he has won five straight fights. The two-division tournament winner wrested Bellator’s featherweight title from Joe Warren last year and successfully defended it for the first time on Jan. 17, taking a hard-fought unanimous decision victory from Patricio Freire in Bellator’s inaugural bout on Spike TV.

“This may end up being the most challenging fight I’ve faced up to this point,” Curran stated in a release. “Daniel is going to make for a very tough challenge, but I know what I’m capable of. I feel like I’m always growing as a fighter, and the sky is really the limit for me. I’ve got the belt, and I’m not letting anyone take it away from me.”

Straus, 28, has lost just once since his 2009 defeat to Curran, falling in the Season 4 tournament finals to Freire. Five straight wins would follow the loss, as Straus captured the Season 6 crown and most recently dominated UFC veteran Alvin Robinson en route to a second-round submission this past October at Bellator 78.

“Fighting for the Bellator featherweight title against Pat just signifies how my career has come full circle,” Straus said. “It was my loss to Pat that motivated me to become a better fighter. Now I get to see how much better I’ve actually gotten. Getting a chance to show my skills on Spike TV is a huge opportunity for me. The stage keeps getting bigger, and the viewers are growing. I welcome the challenge to perform well in front of millions against one of the world’s best featherweights. I feel I have a lot to provide in this fight, and I intend on doing so.”

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Goiti Yamauchi forced out of Bellator 139 bout with ex-champ Pat Curran

  • 25 days ago
  • 3 views

Following Goiti Yamauchi’s withdrawal from Bellator 139, former featherweight champion Pat Curran has a new opponent for the June 26 card.Filed under: Bellator, MMA Rumors, News read news >>

Pat Curran gets new opponent for Bellator 139

  • 25 days ago
  • 6 views

An undisclosed injury forced Goiti Yamauchi out of Bellator 139, and Pat Curran has a new opponent on 18 days’ notice. Curran, a former Bellator featherweight champion, is now set to take on Emmanuel read news >>

Former Champ Pat Curran Draws New Bellator 139 Opponent

  • 25 days ago
  • 3 views

With an unfortunate injury forcing the withdrawal of Goiti Yamauchi, former featherweight champ Pat Curran has a new Bellator 139 opponent. read news >>

Bellator 138's Daniel Straus doesn't plan to be Henry Corrales' stepping-stone

  • 18 days ago
  • 1 views

Daniel Straus is a former Bellator MMA champion and tournament winner. He’s historically faced the biggest names the Bellator featherweight division has to offer, but that won’t be the case at Bellat read news >>

Bellator 138: Undefeated Henry Corrales ready for Daniel Straus, vows to finish the fight standing

  • 18 days ago
  • 3 views

Boasting an impressive 12-0 record as a pro with 10 finishes by way of knockout or submission, top prospect Henry Corrales makes his Bellator debut on Friday (June 19, 2015) at the Scottrade Center i read news >>

Daniel Straus Going Mental to Start Climb Back to Bellator Title

  • 17 days ago
  • 0 views

Mistakes have proved costly for Daniel Straus, so he's been working up a new mental approach to regain the Bellator belt. read news >>

Daniel Straus has learned to let go of pressures to promote

  • 16 days ago
  • 2 views

ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- Bellator featherweight Daniel Straus spoke to MMA Fighting about his fight against Henry Corrales at Bellator 138 at Wednesday's open workouts, why Pat Curran isn't done, how compet read news >>

Bellator 138: Daniel Straus insists Henry Corrales 'biting off a lot for his first major competition'

  • 15 days ago
  • 1 views

The former Bellator featherweight champion says staying focused, working harder, and learning from his mistakes are the keys to "getting back to the title." Straus takes on Henry Corrales at Bellator read news >>

Bellator 138: Daniel Straus on 'manufactured beef' and not dwelling on avenging his losses

  • 15 days ago
  • 1 views

Bellator featherweight contender, Daniel Straus discusses the role that "manufactured beef" plays in MMA, the importance avenging his losses holds for him and how frustrating it's been to watch his t read news >>

Bellator 138 results: Impressive Daniel Straus finishes gritty Henry Corrales

  • 14 days ago
  • 6 views

ST. LOUIS – Former Bellator champ Daniel Straus rebounded from a loss to current featherweight champ Patricio Freire in decisive fashion, submitting former King of the Cage titleholder Henry Corrales read news >>